Pa­cific North­west peace of mind meets tech-fu­elled growth in this sea­port city,

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Con­tents - writes MATTHEW HIRSCH.


Chi­huly Gar­den and Glass Oth­er­worldly, kalei­do­scopic works by pioneer­ing glass artist Dale Chi­huly now em­bel­lish pub­lic spa­ces all over the world, but there’s no bet­ter place to see them than this com­plex at the Seat­tle Cen­ter, where an ex­cep­tion­ally well-cu­rated col­lec­tion of his vi­brant sculp­tures daz­zles in a range of con­texts. 305 Har­ri­son St, chi­hu­ly­gar­de­nand­ DRINK Seat­tle has more brew­eries than most other cities in Amer­ica, so a tap­room visit is al­most in­evitable. A punchy gose is a solid in­tro­duc­tion to the sea­sonal se­lec­tion of two dozen beers be­ing poured at Reuben’s Brews (5010 14th Ave NW). And though the best cup of cof­fee in this caf­feine mecca is fiercely con­tested, Mil­stead & Co (754 N 34th St) is an en­dur­ing favourite.

Thomp­son Seat­tle Mid­cen­tury modern fur­ni­ture, hard­wood floors and navy ac­cents com­ple­ment lo­cal ar­chi­tect Ol­son Kundig’s an­gu­lar de­sign at this 158-room ho­tel, a short walk from bustling Pike Place Mar­ket. Floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows max­imise views, but take in even more sea-meets-sky panora­mas at rooftop bar The Nest. 110 Ste­wart St, thomp­son­ho­


More than a cen­tury of his­tory is ev­i­dent the mo­ment you walk into Seat­tle’s old­est Ja­panese restau­rant. Kind-hearted, multi-gen­er­a­tional staff ferry large serv­ings of ex­pertly ex­e­cuted clas­sics such as agedashi tofu, beef sukiyaki and chi­rashi zushi to a packed house of loyal pa­trons ev­ery night, while a small army of the eatery’s name­sake cat fig­urines smiles and waves from the shelves above.

304 6th Ave S, manekirestau­


A placid ferry ride across Puget Sound should be on ev­ery trav­eller’s itin­er­ary. So, too, should a long lunch at this Bain­bridge Is­land pizze­ria (above) housed in an old hard­ware store, where Neapoli­tan-style pizze are served un­sliced (with scis­sors for cut­ting) and show­ered with house­cured sa­lumi, lo­cal von­gole or for­aged mush­rooms. Bonus points for the smart nat­u­ral wine list. 236 Winslow Way E, Bain­bridge Is­land, pizze­riabru­ci­


French Laun­dry alum­nus Edouardo Jor­dan in­tro­duces the rich culi­nary his­tory of the Amer­i­can South to an ea­ger au­di­ence at his ac­claimed sub­ur­ban charmer. Dip but­ter­milk bis­cuits into sticky cane syrup, swipe crisp pig’s ears through peachy honey mus­tard, carve into a deep-fried con­fit tur­key leg with roasted squash, then chase it all with a Saz­erac. 2122 NE 65th St, junebaby­seat­

Ae­rial view of down­town Seat­tle. Air­lines in­clud­ing Delta, Qan­tas, United, Air Canada and Hawai­ian fly to Seat­tle from select Aus­tralian cities with one stop. Get­ting there

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